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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Struggling with how to talk to your child about marijuana? Posted on Mar 13

Struggling with how to talk to your child about marijuana?

For many parents, recent changes to marijuana laws in Massachusetts have caused confusion about the legal status of marijuana – and made discussions with their children about the recreational use of marijuana more complicated. To address this issue, the Department’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services   …Continue Reading Struggling with how to talk to your child about marijuana?

Highlights of the March 12th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Mar 12

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of informational presentations on the status of various proposed amendments to current public health regulations and an update from the Commissioner on key DPH initiatives moving forward. First, the Council received an update from Office   …Continue Reading Highlights of the March 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling! Posted on Mar 11

Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling!

Did you know that each year an average of 24,000 children end up in the emergency department due to injuries and falls from shopping carts?  A recent study found that between 1990 and 2011, more than 530,000 children visited the emergency department for a shopping   …Continue Reading Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling!

Weekly Flu Report, March 7, 2014 Posted on Mar 7

According to this week’s flu report, while rates of flu-like illness are decreasing, flu still remains elevated across the state.  So remember, even as we transition out of winter and into spring, we can still expect to see flu cases in Massachusetts. If you’re interested in getting vaccinated it’s not too late –   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 7, 2014

Men Joining Together to Prevent Violence Against Women Posted on Mar 4

Violence against women is a serious public health issue – and men play an incredibly important role in its prevention. On Thursday, March 6th at the State House, Governor Patrick, along with men from across the state, will gather together for Massachusetts White Ribbon Day   …Continue Reading Men Joining Together to Prevent Violence Against Women